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Transformational Leadership: Social Justice Starts Within

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Transcript of Transformational Leadership: Social Justice Starts Within

Social Justice Starts Within Transformational Leadership: Today We will:
Define transformational leadership
Identify how you are already a leader
Develop a mission statement that will support you in your leadership 1) Role modeling/Influencing
Walking your talk, learning by doing.
Applying the personal/micro to the political/macro
Consciousness of our choices, actions, and values and use them to intentionally create positive impact. Closing...
One thing that surprised me today in class?
One thing I learned today? “To be nobody - but - yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight - and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive."
~ Howard Thurman It Starts Within! “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” ~ Warren Bennis Mission Statement 1. Write down 3 strengths that you possess as a leader, using the Transformational Leadership Qualities as a guide

2. Write down 1 or 2 ways that you would like to share your strengths as a leader (e.g., writing, fundraising, art, organizing)

3. Write down a goal related to social justice (e.g., gender equality in the workforce, same sex marriage rights, poverty)

4. Create a mission statement which outlines how you will use your strengths as a leader to create social justice (Social justice is a process & a goal) Transformational Leadership:
Core Characteristics 2) Inspirational
Drawing on both your strengths and gifts as a leader, while drawing on your challenges truthfully and authentically. Inspiring people by showing who you are.
Inspire others by helping them find a personal bridge to the issue or topic. In that, we want to engage others, and inspire them to draw on their own strengths, have them connect to and believe that they can make a difference in some way. 3) Generosity
Sharing knowledge, energy, tools, connections, people, and information.
Sharing both enriches the individual who is sharing because they are learning how to teach & inspire and it benefits the recipient in gaining resources, knowledge, etc. 4) Considerate
Meeting people where they are at (e.g., gender, ethnicity, culture, language, physical ability.
It is not effective to throw everyone into one group and assume they all have the same needs at the same levels and same desires to grow.
By being considerate about the differences and similarities of people, we can make sure each person is getting their needs met. 5) Stimulating
Cultivating a lifelong learner, always a student.
Connecting to vision for social justice, a vision for a better world.We want to create an environment where learning is sought after, where individuals can be innovative, creative, to support their growth.
Embodying the lifelong learner, means that our work does not become boring and we are guided by learning and vision. Simon Sinek (2010)
http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html James MacGregor Burns (1978) Transactional leadership - a relationship based on give-and-take where one person has the social power to meet the other’s needs
“If you do this for me, I’ll do that for you.”

This form of leadership is reflected in systems of domination and oppression in which power is distributed on the basis of position. For example: Patriarchy in which men have power because of their gender, thus oppressing women.

Transformational leadership - a relationship grounded not only in social power but also in mutual needs, aspirations, and moral values.

This form of leadership is employed in social justice movements, because it provides a paradigm for leadership that re-distributes power equitably by calling everyone into their leadership, by valuing everyone no matter their official role. Two Styles Of Leadership

Bennis, W. G. (2003). On becoming a leader. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub.
Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York: Gotham.
Helgesen, S. (1990). The female advantage: Women's ways of leadership. New York, Doubleday.
hooks, b. (2000). Feminism is for everybody: passionate politics. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.
Zander, R. S., & Zander, B. (2000). The art of possibility. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. Becoming a Transformational Leader:
Some Recommended Readings Social Justice comes from connecting with
your "Why" - "The Golden Circle" WHY
(Purpose) HOW
(Mission) WHAT
(Outcome/Impact) Why do we need Transformational Leaders? What holds you back from seeing yourself as a leader? Advocates for social justice build their internal strength and resiliency by confronting what bell hooks refers to as the “enemy within” or the internalized oppressor.

"The enemy within must be transformed before we can confront the enemy outside." bell hooks (2010)

Transformational Leadership is one framework that re-distributes power equitably by valuing everyone no matter their official role.

Transformational Leadership re-values people who are marginalized within dominant society and values their experience as key to addressing the root cause of oppression and finding solutions.

Transformational Leadership is one way to build a bridge between the mirco/personal change and macro/community-level change. "When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid." Audre Lorde Transformational Leadership:
Social Justice Starts Within
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